Bookmakers have made Greg Broderick one of the riders most fancied to win an Olympic medal ahead of tomorrow’s opening show jumping phase in Rio, writes Mike Dunne.
Out of the 75 riders who will contest the Individual competition, Broderick, who competes with MHS Going Global as Ireland’s sole representative, is in the top ten across a range of bookmakers odds lists checked by We Live Horse today and he is the joint-7th fancy with UK firm William Hill, and joint-8th with Skybet.
Amongst the Irish retail bookmakers, Boylesports put Broderick’s chances of Gold at 12-1. The same odds are available with Paddy Power, though their odds have not been updated to account for the withdrawal of Simon Delestre, so Broderick’s price may shorten ahead of the start tomorrow.
Without Delestre, McLain Ward is generally the leading fancy at around 6-1, with Steve Guerdat, Christian Ahlmann, Nick Skelton, Ludger Beerbaum, Penelope Leprovost, Jeroen Dubbledam, Edwina Tops-Alexander and Greg Broderick amongst the other riders most fancied to win Gold.
Powers put Broderick’s chances of bringing home any medal at 4-1, though again this may shorten when they update the odds in the absence of Delestre.
For the team competition, Boylesports and Powers both have Germany as firm favourites ahead of the USA.